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People’s Vote: Corbyn Signs His Own Death Warrant

Kit Knightly

Throughout his leadership of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has disappointed some of his most ardent admirers by his refusal to hang tough. Yes, he has played many situations with canniness and subtlety, but too often he has been soft, appeased and conciliated where it is either unnecessary, or worse, entirely counter productive.

Too often he vows to “listen” to the problems of dissenting New Labour MPs, instead of asserting his authority. Too many times he has promised to “tackle antisemitism”, instead of bluntly telling everyone – “Labour is NOT antisemitic, this is a smear campaign”.

Corbyn should know by now that he can’t win by playing their game by their rules. You can’t appease people who do not want to be appeased. You can’t clean up a smear campaign, and trying just spreads the smears further.

However, none of his previous mistakes compare to the kamikaze of backing a people’s vote on Brexit, a huge mistake that undermines the Labour movement from multiple angles.

Firstly, there is “The Independent Group” to consider – this is, essentially, a cave to their demands. Corbyn has now shown he will bow to threats of defection and the loss of eight entirely forgettable MPs. More than bowing to the pressure, he has handed them legitimacy. Before today The Independent Group was a joke – their launch fell flat, they are all variously personally compromised, they have no policies, no ideology, no leader and they are even registered as business, NOT a political party.

They should have been ignored, mocked even, but not taken seriously. This decision hands them power. A dreadful mistake, that breathes life into a New Labour movement that has been husking out its last moments ever since Corbyn was elected leader.

Yes, it’s true this is technically no change from the Labour Conference position – but this announcement has meaning. Whatever the truth of the situation – the media can now present TIG as a small group who stood for their principles, and in doing so bent “Corbyn’s Personality Cult” back to the path of reason. Paying off a blackmailer is never the solution. They always want more.

Secondly, there is the Lexit vote. Brexit is not a purely left-vs-right issue. The media have tried to present Brexit as a battle between lovely cuddly progressives who want to remain and awful mean racists who want to leave. Obviously it was never that simple. There is a very real portion of the left who believe the EU is anti-democratic. It’s important to remember that being anti-EU was always a traditionally socialist position. A second referendum is a betrayal of those people, and weakening of Corbyn’s socialist base. There are marginal seats, especially in the poorer areas of the county, who will swing against Labour if it is perceived they are campaigning to stop Brexit.

Third, a teetering and hilariously incompetent Tory government has been shown a crack of hope here. They can now pitch themselves as “The British Party”, standing up for the nation against the “European” Labour party who want to “sell us out to Brussels”. You can be sure that’s how the Mail, Times and Sun will sell it. May can leverage this into a “khaki election” and win on a landslide of national pride.

Finally, and most importantly, there is the question of undermining democracy itself. It has never, ever, before been suggested we simply re-do a vote because we don’t like the outcome. Brexit has been sold as a vote “built on misinformation”, we have been told that “the realities have changed”, and that new voters have come of age, whilst old voters died. We have even been told Brexit needs to be undone because it is a threat to our “national security”.

A second referendum lends credence to these arguments – it sets the precedent. Demographic changes, dishonesty, national security. These lines of argument are vague and unquantifiable enough that they could then be cited as reason to delegitimize literally ANY vote. Up to, and including, a general election….that Jeremy Corbyn won.

“Labour lied about privatising water”….re-do the vote.
“Millions of old lefties have died since the last election”….re-do the vote.
“Corbyn’s campaign manager is a security threat”….re-do the vote.

The EU has form when it comes to replaying referenda until they get the result they want, but it is new in the British experience.

The actual form the vote is still undecided. Will it be a choice between two deals? Will there be a “remain option”? But this is largely immaterial. If the option is “this deal or no deal” and “no deal” has been ruled out, then a no vote on the deal is a vote to remain. The threat of no deal has been hammered home to us in a thousand different ways. A vote which “forces” no deal will be seen as a threat to the nation and discarded. Moving the deadline back is already being mooted, they can do this as many times as they want until people forget we were ever meant to leave, or will accept a deal which is just remain renamed.

The problem is not Brexit. The establishment has a million different tools for deconstructing, preventing, obfuscating and totally halting Brexit. The problem, from the establishment POV, is Jeremy Corbyn. They can’t stop Brexit until Corbyn has been removed…and Corbyn has now handed them the power to do this.

It’s important to hold all these issues in their proper perspective – this is about Corbyn, not Brexit. Corbyn is the threat, not Brexit.

In or out of the EU, a Tory or New Labour government would still push austerity for the poor and tax breaks for the rich.
In or out of the EU, a Tory or New Labour government will pour money into the arms industry whilst neglecting public services.
In or out of the EU, a Tory or New Labour government will still support American interventions in Syria, Venezuela and around the globe.

And, in or out of the EU, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party would have reversed all of those policies.

That’s why MPs from every party have been actively trying to weaken his leadership, remove him from office and destroy public faith in his ideas. More than that, Corbyn is the only party leader who might actually deliver a proper departure from the EU (he would need to do so, in some ways, to enact his manifesto). Corbyn, and his fellow socialists, undermine the idea of Brexit as the cause of the racist rich.

If anyone but Jeremy Corbyn was leader of the Labour party one of two things would have already happened:

  1. The 2D Blairite elected in Corbyn’s place would have “united for common purpose” with the Tories to deliver Brexit in name only, and we’d have left the EU under a deal that was essentially the exact status quo under a rebranded status quo. Austerity – check. Free movement – check. Preparing to contribute to the EU army. Some small concessions, perhaps. Even less democratic representation.

  2. Brexit would have been called off entirely and we’d all have been “saved from an act of national self-harm”.

Brexit is NOT the biggest political crisis in Britain’s history. It isn’t even the most important political question facing us this decade, year or month. Austerity is. Growing poverty. Defunded public services. Privatisation of our transport, water and eventually our NHS. These are real crises.

The most important question we need to ask is – what is better for ordinary people, a Conservative government or a Labour government?

Do we want to be a neo-liberal state slowly crushing the poorest and most vulnerable beneath austerity’s boot heel? Or do we want to change, and try take care of each other?

For all the criticism of Jeremy Corbyn from the left, he has been steadfast in trying to secure a socialist government for this country, and undo the evil of the austerity. In backing the “people’s vote”, I fear he has dashed any chance of that happening.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Lupulco
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Lupulco

[Corbyn should know by now that he can’t win by playing their game by their rules. You can’t appease people who do not want to be appeased. You can’t clean up a smear campaign, and trying just spreads the smears further.] Change the name or delete it. Change Anti-Semitic, to Islamophobic,or to homophobic, or to racist. There you have the problem in a sentence. Whatever you say will upset someone, so people start to self censor their feelings, until those feeling suddenly rise to the surface. Free speech is a dangerous thing, but to stop free speech in the long… Read more »

mark
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mark

Maybe what Jezza and all progressive forces need to do is fight fire with fire. Get down and dirty. Get right down in the sewer with them. Give them as good as you get. Repay them in their own coin. Toss the rule book in the bin. Run smear campaigns. Get some dirt on them. If there isn’t any, just invent it like they do. Plant stories with friends. Harass, blackmail and bribe. Use every dirty trick in the book, then invent a few more. This is what the Zionists have been doing for years. Let’s teach them a few… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

EXACTLY!! Which is what I have been attempting to do on every forum or comment page I can. Show the Vampire HYDRA for what it is… Begin now with the ”Lobby” both the UK and US. I wonder if they have ever stopped to think WHY countries throughout History have expelled them? I they really SO stupid. The problem is that they have skilfully engineered their places in the Judiciary, Politics, and Banking, and from there some of them are choosing to inflict the utmost damage. I cannot think of any other Religion that has wormed it’s way into people’s… Read more »

tom197482
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I think, on balance, Corbyn was right to jump on the referendum. He could not remain shackled to a policy that half the voters, and a larger proportion of Labour voters, oppose. The possibility of another referendum gives him room for manoeuvre in the future, whatever happens – and the likelihood is that the future will see Brexit stall or become increasingly unpopular. I’m also not at all convinced that Brexit is as decisive in people’s voting choices as the media suggest. I supported Labour when it was a ‘Brexit party’ even though I voted Remain – I doubt very… Read more »

mark
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mark

A “second referendum” is a betrayal of democracy which shows the usual utter contempt for the British People.

John Crispin
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John Crispin

I agree but I just wish it was a bit more obvious to the gullible gobblers of the media bullshit. The complete failure including by the likes of Tom Watson to differentiate anti semitism and anti Zionism is living proof tom of your assertion about the smears. The fact they keep on wheeling it,… today even they get the mealy mouthed Lord Falconer to slam poor old chris williamson who manfully stood by his guns on this absolute tripe proved yet again that Labour is acting all the time like it is beaten. So time to man up jezza and… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Tom Watson would indeed make an excellent Witch Finder General – and he’d love the job! He must be stopped!

mark
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mark

Williamson has just been suspended for “anti semitism.”
He called out the anti semitic smear campaign for what it is.
The Board of Deputies and the Israeli Embassy are trying to pick off everybody round Jezza one by one.
Ken Livingstone, Marc Wadsworth, Hatton a day after he rejoined.
Claiming the right to sack anyone who “offends” them.

Robert Applewood
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Robert Applewood

Please let us think about what we are saying: “We have Corbyn, who is anti-establishment, who is being demonized by the establishment. People support him. But he is strangely lenient about the new labor MP’s in his party who is digging his grave. Inexplicably he doesn’t throw these dinosaurs out of the party but retreats before them as if they have any real power. On issue after issue, he backtracks and falls into line. Why? Nobody is quite sure….” Well, isn’t it time we wake up finally? Haven’t we seen the same story with Tsipras, Trump, 5-star movement in Italy,… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

You too Brutus!

crank
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crank

Corbynism 12-09-2015 to 27-02-2018. RIP

– He fought the foes with amity,
We dreamed a dawn begun,
But the foes they took his friendship
as bullets for their gun.

crank
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crank

2019 !

Corbyn is an imbecile amongst imbeciles. One flew over the cuckoos nest of spineless amateurs with pathetic rhetoric. Worse than useless. Arthur Scargill

Paul
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Paul

I’m sure there was a groan across the country when Chris Williamson’s suspension from the Party was announced. He’s absolutely right about the demonisation of Labour. It’s becoming like the Joe McCarthy hearings with surreal arguments over semantics. And everywhere the hand of Israel oiling the wheels and pulling the switches.

Maggie
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Maggie

We had a foretaste ‘ Inside British Israeli Lobby” 2009 Dispatches should have been named ”Shape of things to come.” but who took any notice? Camoron even said ”If I become Prime Minister, Israel has a friend who will never turn his back.” https://mpbondblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/inside-britains-israel-lobby-dispatches/ If you wanted to know why and who pulled the Guardian’s teeth… look at 27.02 Incidentally, Dispatches disappeared from our screens after this…. 39.00 is where the BBC was gagged! And when they lost all credibility and respect of the people. BBC used to be excellent reporters of world news 2005/6 when BBC succumbed to the… Read more »

mark
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mark

Can’t offend the Chosen People. Those shekels have to be earned you know.

harry stotle
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harry stotle

The current crop of Labour MPs think Chris, Ken, Marc and Jackie bring the party in ‘disrepute’ while apparently having no problem with Mr WMD.

Moral of story: send a controversial tweet and you are toast – lay waste to the Middle East and your bank account is likely to mirror that of a Wall Street venture capitalist.

Facism on the rise while the Labour party eats itself – of course the implosion might not have been so easy to orchestrate if it wasn’t for the ever growing influence of identity politics.

milosevic
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milosevic

of course the implosion might not have been so easy to orchestrate if it wasn’t for the ever growing influence of identity politics.

Who orchestrated the ever-growing influence of identity politics, do you suppose?

Or was that just a fortuitous accident?

https://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/1/23/the-banality-of-good-part-1

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/1/25/the-banality-of-good-pt-2-blaming-the-victim

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/1/28/the-banality-of-good-pt3-revising-history

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/1/30/the-banality-of-good-pt-4-anti-semitism-racism-and-cultural-identity

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/1/31/the-banality-of-good-pt-5-pre-tsd-zionism-and-empire

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/2/3/the-banality-of-good-pt-6-jewish-power-and-identity-politics

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/2/5/global-tribes-and-national-hypes

http://www.gilad.co.uk / writings/2018/2/6/the-banality-of-good-pt-8-finding-the-way-home

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Back in the ‘old country’ before the Second World War, we used to have referendums too. Didn’t turn out too well, because the public are too easily swayed by charismatic charlatans selling an easy and attractive narrative that dumbs down really complex issues, smothering everything in nationalistic and emotional rhetoric that can lead to disaster down the line. David Cameron only called the referendum to create a parliamentary battering ram to bash the annoying Conservative nationalist right to pieces, in the first place. It was a cynical tactical piece of political cardplay, nothing more. That the left supports this is…… Read more »

mark
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mark

The Tory Party was divided down the middle. The country was divided down the middle.

Paul
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Paul

What ‘old country’ is that? Italy under Mussolini? Argentinia under Peron? France Under German occupation? Please tell!

MichaelK
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MichaelK

Does it really, honestly, matter to you? Think of a country that’s worse than the ones you mentioned. Done that? You might be in line for a special prize. Democracy in ancient Athens and a few other Greek city states, was a rather perculiar thing, at least seen with our eyes, though still a rather radical and wonderful… experiment… that didn’t really work. it was, I’d argue, a luxury even then, for free men in Athens, where the vast majority of the population, probably 80% didn’t have a vote. The very idea of mass democracy would have appalled the voters… Read more »

Mikalina
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Mikalina

The elite know themselves to be the citizens; we are the cattle – whether in Rome, Ancient Athens, our Home countries pre-war or our countries today. This is why they choose democracy – it works for them.

“error is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.” Robespierre

Mikalina
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Mikalina

That should be “Terror….”

Paul
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Paul

I was just curious about what you meant. Sorry for interrupting your chain of thought, if that’s what you call it!

MichaelK
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MichaelK

You do know, I suppose that you sound catty, which is a particularly unpleasant quality.

Kathy
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Kathy

I am genuinely unable to see how leaving or remaining within the EU offer any conceivable difference. They are both holding us within the same paradigm. They both mirror each other. If we were to have a true {taking back control} a true over haul of the system as is. If by leaving we really were to become a free thinking land of peace, a utopia spreading outwards and embracing the whole world. But sadly I only see a drawing up of sides and a drawing down of communication and a splitting of the people against the people. I can… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

Hi Kathy,
”Does it not seem contrived, a deliberate act to pull us all apart. A classic divide and rule.”
No more so than ‘Party” politics?

John
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John

It’s one thing to shoot yourself in the foot but to shoot yourself in the back of the head twice ala Clinton crime family is fucking impressive. Jezza swallows jizza

MichaelK
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MichaelK

I think this article fundamentally misunderstands the core concepts inherent in democracy, on the big stage and doesn’t do much better when it examines the detail of the present political crisis in the UK relating to the Brexit fiasco. Democracy, if it’s about anything, is about the expression of the popular will in relation to ‘popular’ issues at a particular time. Democracy is about change, the possibility of change and not about slavishly following what used to be. Democracy isn’t about a man standing and shouting with his feet solidly trapped in a bath of concrete. One vote is a… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

Pray tell me, what will happen if the next vote results in the same % of votes, but for remain? Will we then have another vote until finally we all give up, and no one votes except those with vested interests in the outcome. An election about the terms? And how will we know about these? A large proportion of the people of this country don’t even know if they will be in a job next week, of where their next meal is coming from, and you want them to vote on ”terms?” It is a total cockup…. The majority… Read more »

mark
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mark

I think we should have another referendum…………on whether we should have another referendum.

Francis Lee
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Francis Lee

”There’s is nothiing sacred about the Brexit vote at all. Another vote or an election about the terms, circumstances and consequences is perfectly reasonable.” It is no such thing! What an extraordinarily cavalier statement. If an election are referendum vote is not binding then the whole exercise would simply be advisory not mandatory. The only ‘terms and consequences’ to which you refer are simply conjecture not established facts. That has been the project fear blitzkreig that the establishment media have been putting out the day after the result in June 2016. The usual procedure is that elections or referenda are… Read more »

mark
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mark

We could have another referendum to decide whether we should have another referendum.
Or perhaps we should just cut the cards for the result. Aces high and jokers wild.
Or we could have a mud wrestling bout between May and Dianne Abbott, umpired by Bercow. Winner takes all.
Cut out all the swingometers and Jonathan Bumblebee droning on for hours on end.
You have to think laterally. Think outside the box. Blue sky thinking.

Some Random Passer-by
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Some Random Passer-by

There is everything sacred about the vote, or any vote.

We have never ever had an election and then had another vote because it wasn’t right.

I understand your desire to change the results, but you can only change the results when they have been implemented.

If you’re willing to renege on democracy in this manner, then don’t be surprised or upset when others ignore laws and other institutions of democracy.

mark
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mark

This is true. May won the last election, or at least remained in power and in government. But I don’t like that result. I think Jezza should have won. Perhaps he only lost because some people are too stupid and ignorant and bigoted to see his many qualities. Or perhaps because of the lies of the MSM, with the Daily Mail running a 14 page smear campaign the day before the election. Perhaps he only lost because people are stupid. Or because they were lied to. So I think that election is illegitimate. It is unacceptable. Maybe people have changed… Read more »

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Mark. Nice try. But no cigar. I agree about the fact of accepting the result of elections. Even if they were STOLEN or BOUGHT. As they always were. However, any such criminal activity ought to be prosecuted. There is also a difference between parliamentary or local elections and single issue referendums. Because if the elected representatives are unable to function as a government – then it is normal to go back to the voters to determine again who governs? I only get a vote every few years at best and happily welcome the opportunity to vote as often as possible!… Read more »

mark
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mark

Remain outspent Leave by 2-1. This is a bit better than 1975, when it was 100-1.

Paul
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Paul

Annual elections have been a Radical aim since the 1640’s and was part of the Chartist platform in 1848. It would be easier to do now because of the tech available. MP’s wouldn’t like it because they couldn’t build a career (they’d claim) and with no guarantee of payment beyond the year they’d be as insecure as many of the voters. But it cuts them down to size and better reflects popular feeling. Time to resurrect the old claim for Annual Parliaments?

mark
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mark

No, they need to be held once a week. At least.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Michael, “Having another vote on Brexit is an example of this perfectly normal democratic process”. I agree with much of what you say but, unfortunately, it seems to me that those with authority and the MSM pushing for a second referendum do so not out of a desire to uphold democracy but in order to overturn the democratic outcome of the original vote. I would not be opposed to a second vote myself (and I vote to leave the EU) but I do not think it is a ‘given’ that the original vote would be overturned. It largely depends on… Read more »

vexarb
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vexarb

If this is true, then the EU is like the curate’s egg; parts of it are excellent. C’mon Corbyn, light my fire:

EU refuses to brand Hezbollah as terrorist entity

mark
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mark

Hezbollah are a heroic classic resistance/ liberation movement, real freedom fighters. They fought for 20 years to drive the Zionist invaders out of Lebanon. If it wasn’t for Hezbollah, Lebanon would still be Zionist Occupied and covered with their filthy illegal settlements. The Zionist kiddie killers don’t like fighting real men in Hezbollah. They prefer to gun down kids with dum dum bullets and British sniper rifles. So they run to their 30 shekel goy whore stooges in Washington and the Friends of Israel to do their dirty work for them, as they always do. More wars for Israel. In… Read more »

David William Pear
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David William Pear

Interesting article Kit, and it is sad to see Corbyn caving in. Especially on this twisted new anti-Semitism purging that is going on. Soon everybody will have to sign an Israel loyalty oath, it is already happening in the US. Some states have passed laws against BDS and require employees to swear in writing that they don’t support BDS. It is on the way to becoming federal law. About Brexit: If Brexit will weaken the US Empire then I am for it. If staying in the EU will weaken the US Empire then I am for that. Even as a… Read more »

Coram Deo
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Coram Deo

Sadly, it is the left which fail to understand what a REMAIN vote means – not those who voted LEAVE. The EU is falling apart before our eyes and yet the left wishes to continue to drain the pockets of the working class in the UK to pay the colossal salaries and pensions of these unelected bureaucrats when we cannot even afford to pay our own pensioners [WASPIs]. Enabling them to complete the robbing, pillaging and raping of the UK before they spit us out – destroyed. Right now, we don’t need a Labour or Conservative government. Right now, we… Read more »

mark
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mark

We have paid £500 billion (£500,000,000,000) into the EU.
500 billion down the drain.
We are paying an additional £50 million every day we stay in it.
And they say they want another £40 billion off us for absolutely nothing in return.
They need to be told to go f*ck themselves.

Maggie
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Maggie

Coram Dio – EXACTLY!

George cornell
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George cornell

A small majority voted for Brexit, a great many of those voters failing to understand the implications and potential consequences. Much, if not most of the impetus came from the racist leanings of Middle England, who resented the Poles and Romanians taking jobs they themselves would not do. A fine stance for a country that has invaded 196 other nations. Cf. stealing the land of the Chagossians so the Americans could torture on Diego Garcia, and forcing them into penury in the slums of the Seychelles was ok. As Maynard Keynes said when confronted with – But previously you said…He… Read more »

Robbobbobin
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Robbobbobin

“Now that there is more understanding, the majority wants to rescind Brexit while the racist-tinged minority hysterically oppose a second referendum in an entirely anti-democratic way.”

You’re not thinking clearly Mr cCornell. Now that more understanding has led to a majority wanting to rescind Brexit, what on earth are we doing proposing a costly, waste-of-time, second referendum. As the hysterically tinted racists are now a minority wanting to retain Brexit, we should Nike and forget all that divisive referenduming rerun nonsense.

tom197482
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Absolutely. It is no coincidence that the people pulling the strings of the leading Brexiteers are right-wing Americans. The US wants Brexit to divide Europe and to further take over the UK. I’m amazed that people can be so gullible as to believe the Tories would be trying to implement a policy so determinedly that did not have American backing.

Rhys Jaggar
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Rhys Jaggar

You really are off with the fairies.

The EU is neoliberal imperialism and is increasingly supporting every US coup and war going.

Sorry, you are neither superior nor educated. You are simply brazen and self-interested.

Some Random Passer-by
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Some Random Passer-by

Sounds like bollocks!

So tired of entitled middle classes like yourself not wanting to see the truth.

Well here’s some more for you. People like you stand on the shoulders of people like me. And its bloody tempting to grab your balls and crush them.

Be prepared for unforseen circumstances!

The prediction on the big day 23/7/16

https://ig.ft.com/sites/brexit-polling/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-poll-brexit-remain-vote-leave-live-latest-who-will-win-results-populus-a7097261.html

Oh look! Remain to win by 10%….it didn’t, did it…

mark
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mark

Like Trump’s chance of winning was 50-1 against.

mark
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mark

Yes, democracy is sooooo inconvenient. We should just get superior and splendid beings like yourself to take all the decisions for us. This is the EU system after all. All those “old”, “ignorant”, “bigoted”, “racist”, “uneducated”, people, all the “racist hysterical minority”, sorry majority, all 17 and a half million of them, should just be ignored, as they always have been. Aren’t we lucky to have Superior Beings like you around? Not sure what, if anything, this has to do with the extremely shabby and dishonest treatment of the Chagos Islanders, though. Afraid you’ve lost me there. Perhaps it takes… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

WELL SAID Mark, as always…

George cornell
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George cornell
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I didn’t bother reading that. Like the Guardian and the rest of the MSM Lugenpresse, the Washington Compost isn’t fit to line the bottom of my bird cage.

George cornell
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George cornell

Feel better now? And now that the majority wants to rescind Brexit, you want to prevent it. Is that what you are saying? I did not say that all 17 million were racist, you did. Are you suggesting there was no racist element in that tiny majority? Living in the UK makes it abundantly clear. You must be very young not to know what the anti-war ethos of the EU means. Are you suggesting the UK had no role in Libya, or the other countries you mention? Why is it that you are unable to make a point without turning… Read more »

Ray Raven
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Ray Raven

Ah, the higher ideal, the quality of the debate and the rewards offered by you rapier wit in that debate.
It doesn’t matter on the quality of the debate; you argument is nonsense and you’ve lost the debate (as was the referendum lost).
Mike’s got you in a squirrel grip.
So enjoy the ride, suck it up and move on, not try and overturn a decision that has not been implemented.

mark
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mark

Assuming that “the majority want to rescind Brexit”, if that is the case, shouldn’t we just ignore these people anyway for being so racist, bigoted, old and uneducated.? What value can the views of such Deplorable People possibly have? So 52% is a “tiny majority”, a difference of 4%. I’m sure that from now on, any MP, councillor or Government is going to say, “Oh no, I only got 52% of the vote. That is a tiny majority. It can’t possibly be allowed to stand. We must have another vote.” Of course I’m not suggesting the UK had no role… Read more »

milosevic
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milosevic

all the other places EU countries have bombed the s*it out of. Iraq, Afghanistan, assorted other African and Asian folks.

You forgot Yugoslavia.

But Bombing Brown People is good for them. Everybody knows that.

also Evil Russians, or Evil semi-Russians. They need to be bombed periodically, too. Otherwise they start to get funny ideas in their heads, and forget who rules the world. just like Brown People. maybe they’re not really White, or they would know better.

a bomb a day, keeps the commies away. everybody knows that.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Thought for the day, expressed by the father of one of the children slaughtered in Murino “NATO stands for New American Terrorist Army”. He’s not wrong, and that apt description will remain with me now every time I hear mention of that criminal organisation.

JudyJ
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JudyJ

Sorry for the aberration. I should of course have said “New American Terrorist Organisation”.

mark
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mark

Yes, sorry, M, shouldn’t forget Yugoslavia. The old Yugoslavia was a beautiful country, and very civilised. Though it was officially “communist”, people were free to travel and work abroad, and millions did. Private enterprise was allowed within limits. You could employ up to 25 people, with larger businesses like mines and railways and car factories being state owned. There was no need for it to fall apart in a terrible war. All its problems could have been resolved with more federalism or a peaceful break up like Czechoslovakia. This happened to serve the interests of big business, geopolitics, gas pipelines,… Read more »

Gwyn
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Gwyn

Milosevic – I echo the thanks for posting that video. Heartbreaking, indeed. The complete disregard for human life shown by the psychopaths who are behind these crimes never ceases to amaze and appal.

As one of the survivors of the bombing of the train asks: what if this happened to civilians in countries which are part of NATO? Perhaps if people in those countries went through the experience of being mercilessly bombed and having to attempt to live among the ruins caused by the attacks, they wouldn’t be quite so gung-ho about visiting such destruction on people in other countries.

Maggie
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Maggie

OMG! This is one of the most heart-breaking videos I have seen.. Thank you for sharing this Milosevic, I was not ever aware…. It is clearly that the same script is used over and over.. They never tire of it. I see that the same bastard War apologist BBC liars like Kirsty Wark were banging the war drums even then, as now on Newsnight and Hardtalk. And even then the power crazed War Criminal Tony Bliar was grinning and spewing his evil filth,. justifying the attacks by saying that civilians were not the targets? Just like today the children aren’t… Read more »

JudyJ
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JudyJ

“…or will have researchers to make sure she is in receipt of the facts…”.

Maggie, to be more accurate you might like to replace that with “…or will have propagandists to make sure she is in receipt of the lies…” :))

I fully relate to your frustration and ire. You are not alone.

Judy

BigB
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BigB

How does “implying rejection of the essentially anti-war ethos underpinning the EU” sound to me? Very naive, George. From the Lisbon “military Frankenstein” Treaty on, the character of the EU has markedly changed. It’s all about CDSP – a common security and defence policy. I call this the “good cop” to NATO’s “bad cop”. It’s all about civil/military neoliberal state building and rebuilding, mediation, and militarised policing of neoliberal assets. The “European External Action Service” is the EU’s foreign policy website that details the missions to Mali, Libya, Kosovo, etc. From it, under development (as part of PESCO): EU Eurodrone… Read more »

George cornell
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George cornell

The reply below was intended for Mark. As for the EU, I should have said underpinning the creation of the EU because that is what I meant. But Britain has been in the invasion vanguard – like Flynn, although I concede the influence of the Ameticans has not been resisted as it might have been by the EU. But the special relationship surely outranks that with the EU.

BigB
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BigB

That’s the whole point, George. The ‘special relationship’ will be maintained with NATO: but also integrated and inter-operable with EU Military Unification, CDSP, CARD, EDF, etc. It seems to me – that between NATO/EU – they are developing a form of corporate autarchy – a self-sufficient state building and self-maintaining civil/military/paramilitary expansionist and protectionist union. Which will have its own Common Foreign and Security Policy …led by NATO, no doubt? NATO/EU is an integrated autarchical entity combining neoliberal hard and soft power options, and the combined largest military budget in the world …the MIC on steroids. Or maybe I’m just… Read more »

Mikalina
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Mikalina

Nope, not cynical – clear thinking – just as when you predicted that Lansman would turn pied piper…….. (although those recent labour joiners he calls conspiracy theorists probably will not follow him…)

milosevic
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milosevic

rejection of the essentially anti-war ethos underpinning the EU, so as to continue their unholy alliance with the universally acknowledged greatest threat to world peace

Who do you think it was exactly, that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, and bombed Yugoslavia and Libya into rubble?

Supposedly, there’s some organization called “NATO”, whose membership largely overlaps with that of the European Union — have you heard of it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NATO_bombing_of_Yugoslavia#NATO_forces

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Security_Assistance_Force#Contributing_nations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-National_Force_%E2%80%93_Iraq#List_of_countries_in_the_coalition

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_military_intervention_in_Libya#Forces_committed

BigB
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BigB

I disagree with Kit: this is the biggest existential crisis socialism has faced in this country – ever. All the social concessions we have ever won – including the NHS – are contingent on the outcome of Brexit. A point Bill Mitchell has made since the referendum. If Labour enters voluntary suzerainty with the European Empire: there will be no progessive socialism ever in this country. With Labour’s own fiscal rule and volunteered loss of sovereignty – dutifully laid on the neoliberal altar of Maastricht – we will have limited say in our own future. When I say we, it… Read more »

vexarb
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vexarb

BigB, I was in favour of Remain and Reform from Within, and I believe Corbyn was likewise. However, I think Britain’s structural and political problems are bigger than Brexit because the Labour Party has not yet rid itself of the AZC virus. The party of Corbyn is not the party of Attlee nor even the party of Wilson, it is riddled with AZC parasites so I do not see how it could restore socialism even in a Brexited Britain. The acid test for Corbyn’s authority as a Socialist PM in waiting will be the debate on the Conservative government’s Zionazi… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Vex I think we will get a more apposite test in the coming few days. Will JC continue to back his old mate Chris Wiiliamson – the “Jew bater” according to the AZC element? Williamson has consistently earned my respect as a man of courage and conviction. I’ve been waiting for the (Regev) orchestrated takedown. I don’t think I’ll have to wait any longer after ‘someone’ leaked footage of him speaking to a Momentum meeting. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/chris-williamson-labour-has-been-too-apologetic-about-anti-semitism-1-9618191 I think it is fair to say that actually existing socialism is socialism in name only. It is a mirror capitalism with a few… Read more »

vexarb
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vexarb

BigB, it’s crunch time, all coming together in a classice WW2 pincer movement; Chris Williamson being made to apologize same time as Parliament called to outlaw Hezb. But I think Williamson should have stood his ground re apology, and so should Corbyn re Hezb, because I believe this applause is significant of a ground swell that shows a sea change in public opinion:

_It showed Mr Williamson receiving loud applause as he complained that the party had “given too much ground” to its critics._

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/mp-chris-williamson-apologises-after-claiming-labour-is-too-apologetic-about-anti-semitism-1-9619334

crank
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crank

It’s over.

Paul
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Paul

It’s very disappointing. But it will be numbers that count and taking control of selection processes by using the vote. There is a lot of culling to be done but it’s made easier now to identify the fake Labour MP’s.

crank
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crank

Nah. The NEC suspended Williamson. There is a rotten culture of fascist appeasement throughout Labour bureaucracy, not just on the right of the PLP. For an MP like Chris to get suspended for nothing at all is a major crossing of the rubicon into a territory of hyper McCarthy-ist madness. For Chris to apologise is a defeat too much to bear in and of itself. All the media friendly ‘Lefties’ nod along in sober self contradictory agreement and block anyone who dares question their illogic. Many masks have slipped today. The time to fight back was long ago, and now… Read more »

crank
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crank

Yes that will be the ultimate litmus test, for both of them.

From a media critic’s perspective I wonder how the fake left Novaran circle will respond, as they have championed Williamson for the authentic voice that he is, yet have also consistently surrendered to the narrative that ‘Labour has an antisemitism problem’.

crank
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crank

Actually, check out Michael Walker’s twitter feed (Novara) for the best example I’ve read yet of how contemporary Left thinking ties itself up in knots trying to square the round peg of Jewish identity-zionism-racism. If, as a prefessed universalist, humanist and anti-racist, you try to defend a minority whose identity is rooted in ethnocentric racism, then at some point you are just going to contradict yourself under inquiry. Walker is more concerned about the ‘tone’ of Williamson’s comments than any factual basis, which should tell you all you need to know. The word made flesh in ‘a people’. Criticise the… Read more »

crank
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crank

Corbynism was never going to build a ‘grassroots people’s party’ from the top down. Voting in a leader with a slightly Left wing voting record and campaign history was not in itself going to bring on the groundswell of populist politics, the community level organising, the actual substructure of a genuinely democratic party movement. At the beginning lots of people looked to Momentum as a possible vehicle for trying to create this kind of change at the base. Political education, tying in community action (food banks etc.), creating a strong narrative through a coherent independent media organisation. Some of these… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Crank

Paulo Freire said something very similar …the liberal left always seek the quickest route back into power: without bothering to build a lasting progessive alliance from the roots …ultimately betraying socialism to the oppressors. He was right. I should have known better, but I honestly thought this time it would be different. My bad.

There is no alternative but for the people to build their own anti-imperialist, anti-neoliberal, anti-capitalist alliance for peace. As Rosa said a hundred years ago: they were only the vanguard …we are the real socialism.

crank
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crank

If narrative control basically is politics in the internet age, then to reiterate the point that that should have been priority number one for a Corbyn movement, we must consider the two most obvious advocates for Corbynism in the public mind : Owen Jones and Paul Mason.
Mason tweets:
2) (How to win Remain in PV)… Leave is Putin’s plan for Britain; it harms our national security and weakens NATO…
That is the kind of messaging we see from DC Neocons.
The Left are tiny. The pseudoLeft? – much bigger.

Maggie
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Maggie

@ Crank – >>(How to win Remain in PV)… Leave is Putin’s plan for Britain; it harms our national security and weakens NATO…<< And this is what is creating panic among the MSM propagandised sheep… That and the fact that the Labour party fragmented INTO SO MANY DIFFERENT 'PARTIES' Assisted by Tom Watson & Co, all fighting against one another for the top spot.. To be honest – even my head is spinning. When you have people like George Cornell above, stating that ''A small majority voted for Brexit, and didn't understand the implications and possible consequences. Much, if not… Read more »

Some Random Passer-by
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Some Random Passer-by

Duterte has the solution. It’s simple and its elegant.

Throw out all politicians. Get the brightest and best youngsters to replace them.

“If you become corrupt, we will put a bullet between your eyes. If you remain clean, and do well for the country, we will increase your salary yearly as a reward”

Apparently the guy has a law degree…

mark
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mark

Start with all the Friends of Israel.

crank
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crank

Lastly, Jeremy Corbyn should STOP pandering to all the Israeli apologists and their smearing anti semetism
I would say that should be top of your list.
As Chris Williamson faces the wrath of the zionism enforcement arm of the Labour Party (and its extensions in the media world) for daring to share just a smidgen of truth about the falsity of these smears, I pass on this article linked to me in a previous forum:
http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Love_Labours.htm
It’s time that all principled anti-racists realised what is taking place here.

DunGroanin
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DunGroanin

Crank your claim that Mason and Jones are in anyway Corbynites is as wrong. Both have been outed as part of the controlled opposition cadre.

Anyone still taken in by their flip-floppyness over the Corbyn Labour party need a visit to the opticians.

crank
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crank

Key words are ‘in the public mind’.

James Connolly
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James Connolly

The logic of this backing for a 2nd referendum is difficult to interpret on many levels. Even if Corbyn genuinely wants one, it is not in his gift. Barely a quarter of Labour MPs want one (despite what the liberal media claim) and even if all Labour MPs voted for the amendment it would still require lots of Tory MPs to vote with them, which certainly won’t happen. So there isn’t going to be a 2nd referendum. All the attempt to get one will achieve is to antagonize voters in the 65% of Labour seats that voted to Leave. Nor… Read more »

Maggie
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Maggie

I see you’ve picked up your information from the Conservative owned YouGov?
Fact – The Majority voted to LEAVE the bureaucratic control of an oppressive regime, which was bleeding us financially and imposing laws upon us which we had never voted for, wanted to escape.
Those voting to REMAIN were the career politicians, who wanted EU pensions etc, the dreamers, who thought a ‘forced marriage’ would bring us together (although after 50 years, we still have separate languages and need translators) and the sheep, who wanted to huddle together for protection FROM THE BIG BAD RED WOLF.
Ffs put another record on…

lundiel
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What an excellent article. It verbalises what I haven’t been able to. “It is clearly absurd, in objective historical terms, to blame Corbyn for Brexit, or to keep demanding that he ‘come out’ against it when his doing so would make no difference at all to the parliamentary reality (there is no majority in the house of commons for a people’s vote). But the members of this declining, delegitimated social elite have experienced both Brexit and Corbynism as part of exactly the same process; the process by which the people that they have governed and managed for a generation have… Read more »

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Brilliantly put, lundiel!

Lochearn
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Lochearn

I wonder how many of you, including the writer, have seriously studied what is involved with Brexit. It is hugely complicated and probably beyond PHD level. Have any of you read through the considerable number of articles and comments at Naked Capitalism, for example? Yves Smith was right about Greece when she said that the EU held all the cards. Maybe she’s right about Brexit too. Have you watched 3 Blokes in a Pub talking Brexit, where one is an experienced trade negotiator? Here’s a flavour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sju9laLqeCo&t=2969s It’s one thing to dislike the EU and recognize it as a neoliberal… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Yes is the answer. Read Bill Mitchell and Thomas Fazi’s “Reclaiming the State” for the answers. Fiscal and currency sovereignty are the keys to progessive socialism. What we want to finance is up to us, within reason (provided it provides employment …the Job Pledge being a key ingredient). As to the chaos: that has been weaponised against us. You may have heard of “iatrogenic disease” – physician created ill-health for profit – we have seen the bureaucratic version of intentional chaos. Though it will be brutal: no deal is still the best deal. Or we delay A50 in the hope… Read more »

Mr Shigemitsu
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Mr Shigemitsu

@BigB,

If you are a follower of Bill Mitchell’s blog, you will also doubtless be aware from past articles that JMcD has no expressed intention whatsoever of acknowledging MMT, but, on the contrary, if elected, plans on maintaining neoliberal, govt-as-household narratives regarding budget deficits, and ‘taxation funds govt spending’ myths.

It’s unclear where any salvation lies.

BigB
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BigB

Mr Shigemitsu That’s Labour’s “fiscal rule” that is enshrined in the smallprint of the manifesto (if I remember correctly). When the tax return capital runs dry, rather than deficit spend, they will cease to spend. I call them deficit dummies – because they have been browbeaten by the Tories into accepting the logic of austerity. As an aside: McDonnell and JC signed an Early Day Motion for a return to the “Bradbury Pound” – which was sovereign debt free currency issued to fund WW1. Now they are both fully “pro-business”, pro-EU, neoliberal acolytes. The only thing they want to inflate… Read more »

Steve Cooke
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Steve Cooke

This is actually the best play from a bad hand. Do nothing and May presents Parliament with her take it or leave it Brexit deal. This means Labour are cursed if do or complicit in running the UK off a cliff if they don’t. The Government and Parliament are dysfunctional and Labour returning power to the people (here Labour members) means Labour choose a bitter pill of their own design rather than sup from the Tory poisoned chalice

James Graham
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Corbyn has shared a platform with FSA head choppers. He supports the Stop the War Coalition, who support the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain. He’s condemned Assad in the HOC, claiming he used chemical weapons and has a terrible human rights record. He lets regime change interventionist Alison McGovern spout her anti-Assad lies and propaganda in the HOC. The Syrians do not want to know that creep…and he only has one vote which is zero consolation. Labour are leading with “For the many, not the few” on their website. Will a Corbyn Government reject “not the few?” (The ruling class) Will… Read more »